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Lawlor vs. Rush Openweight title match announced for NJPW Strong


"Filthy" Tom Lawlor will defend the NJPW Strong Openweight Championship against Lio Rush on this week's Strong episode. 

NJPW made the announcement tonight. The match will be Lawlor's fourth defense of the title. 

In the second match, former Team Filthy member Chris Dickinson will take on current Filthy ally Royce Isaacs of the West Coast Wrecking Crew. 

In the opener, Fred Yehi will take on Team Filthy's JR Kratos. 

The Fighting Spirit Unleashed episodes of Strong were taped on Monday, August 16 in Long Beach, California at Thunder Studios and were the first Strong shows taped in front of fans.

Strong airs at 8 p.m. Eastern time this Saturday on NJPW World. The show will also be available on demand immediately following airing. 

Here is Saturday's full lineup:

NJPW Strong Fighting Spirit Unleashed, Saturday, October 2, 8 p.m. Eastern time on NJPW World--

  • NJPW Strong Openweight Championship: Tom Lawlor (c) vs. Lio Rush
  • Chris Dickinson vs. Royce Isaacs
  • Fred Yehi vs. JR Kratos